Joni James Platinum & Gold: The MGM Years (2002)

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Joni James CD cover and back cover


Disc One

  1. Have You Heard
  2. Almost Always
  3. Purple Shades
  4. Your Cheatin' Heart
  5. Why Don't You Believe Me
  6. Is It Any Wonder
  7. Wishing Ring
  8. My Love, My Love
  9. How Important Can It Be?
  10. You Are My Love
  11. My Believing Heart
  12. When We Come Of Age
  13. When You Wish Upon A Star
  14. Danny Boy
  15. Day Dreaming
  16. I'll Be Waiting For You
  17. You're Fooling Someone
  18. How Lucky You Are
  19. You Belong To Me
  20. Everyday
  21. I Give You My Word

Disc Two

  1. Is This End Of The Line?
  2. In A Garden Of Roses
  3. Dansero
  4. There Goes My Heart
  5. Little Things Mean A Lot
  6. There Must Be A Way
  7. Be My Love
  8. I Still Get A Thrill
  9. We Know
  10. They Really Don't Know You
  11. Are You Sorry
  12. My Prayer Of Love
  13. I Laughed At Love
  14. Perhaps
  15. I Still Get Jealous
  16. Maybe Next Time
  17. Give Us This Day
  18. I'll Never Stand In Your Way
  19. Nina-Non
  20. Mama Don't Cry At My Wedding
  21. Am I In Love

About the Album

“As kids, we used to sit on the stoop in Brooklyn and harmonize. I used to imitate Joni James,” Barbra told Life magazine in 1970.

“I also ... sang her hit, ‘Have You Heard,’ at club auditions, but I didn't really want to sound like her,” Streisand elaborated to the New York Times.

Joni James was a pop singer of the 1950s and early 60s. Her big hits were “Why Don't You Believe Me?” and “Have You Heard.”

In 2001, the American Film Institute honored Streisand with a Life Achievement Award and producer/director Gary Smith said, “[Barbra] had no idea that Joni James was going to come and sing for her, one of her childhood idols … ”

Indeed, James sang “The Way We Were” that evening, accompanied by Marvin Hamlisch on piano. Her performance was cut from the final television airing of the AFI show.

Then in 2002, EMI-Capitol Records released a 2-CD James retrospective, and Barbra Streisand was asked to write a tribute to her childhood singing idol.

note from Streisand to James in the CD liner notes

James thanked Streisand on the CD, too: “And thanks most of all to Barbra Streisand for her sweet words—the feeling is truly mutual.”


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